Friday, 22 February 2008

Ronaldo to decide on playing career

After injuring his knee severely last Wednesday, Ronaldo has undergone immediate surgery to his left knee in a Paris hospital.

AC Milan and Brazil striker Ronaldo said on Friday he had yet to make a decision about his playing career after having knee surgery that will rule him out for at least nine months.

At a news conference Ronaldo had this to say to the press corden as he before leaving the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris:

"I haven't decided yet what I should do but I'm ready for anything"

"I have the will to carry on playing, this is what my heart is telling me to do.

But my body is giving me signs that it is tiring and needs rest," he added (speaking in Portuguese and Italian, with Milan sports director, Leonardo translating.)

"I know that physically and mentally it will be very hard. If at the end of the day, I have recovered and can play again, fine. If not, it will be a very hard decision to make but it will have to be the decision."

The surgeon who operated on the 31-year-old, Eric Rolland, also operated on Ronaldo 8 years ago when he injured his knee, this time with Inter Milan.

He said he would
"not be able to run before up to five months and not be able to train before nine months.

"Anything can happen in the next three months because surgery is not an exact science. It will all depend on the rehabilitation.

Ronaldo has not had a full run of games this season because of a series of injuries and the Champions League holders have yet to commit to a new contract.

Loenardo, former Brazil world cup winner and AC Milan sports director said, "The club will always be by his side"

Ronaldo played down the ontract situation, saying: "I don't think it's the right time to talk about a new contract. I'm sorry that things have worked out like this."

We will see in eager expectation the role of AC Milan in Ronaldp's recovery - who still has a very steep climb with at least 9 months until he can train properly. This leaves him with a possible return early 2009, January if all goes well.

We hope Ronaldo can come back to full fitness as he is a player who at his peak, along with the likes of Zidane and Maradona, defined football.

He still has much to offer world football and if he can recapture and recover completely - we will see the R9 we have missed this past year

The Ronaldo R9 Team

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